Become a bilingual citizen of the world at the largest language hub in WA
Immerse yourself in another language. Learn to see the world in a new way. Move between cultures with ease.
Four European languages
Four Asian languages
Two Classical languages
With our unique course structure, you can combine a language with your other interests to create your perfect study plan. French and Finance? Chinese and Chemistry? German and Geography? Japanese and Jurisprudence? It is up to you. All of our languages are undergraduate majors within our Bachelor of Arts.
You’ll learn to translate not just words, but ideas. During your studies, you can put your skills into practice by travelling overseas with one of our many global learning opportunities, from short courses to long-term student exchange programs.
After completing an undergraduate major in any of our eight modern languages, you could continue on to our Master of Translation Studies (the only course of its kind in Western Australia) to gain a prestigious professional qualification.
Endorsed by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI), Master of Translation Studies students may also undertake a work placement in Australia or overseas. Where could your language studies take you? UWA is the leading institution in WA for language learning.
UWA is ranked in the top 8 universities in the world for
(QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020)
Languages at UWA
Assured Pathway - Master of Translation Studies
Master the art of language with a degree in Translation Studies and become a bilingual/multilingual professional, able to compete and thrive in an increasingly globalised job market.
You can pursue a Master of Translation Studies at UWA via an Assured Pathway after completing a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a relevant major.
If you are not completing the Assured Pathway, you are not required to study the BA; however, you must have a language as your second major.
The course is available for English and Chinese, French, German or Italian (in both directions).
Master of Commerce and Master of Translation Studies
This double master’s degree is the only one of its kind in Australia and allows you to acquire, in a short space of time, complementary knowledge and skills in Business and Translation Studies.
You’ll complete world-class translation training between English and one of eight Asian and European languages, alongside a selected commerce specialisation of your choice.
The skills you’ll develop will make you a bilingual professional open to a broad range of employment prospects in national and international settings.
- Business Information and Logistics Management
- Employment Relations
- Human Resource Management
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Associate Professor Bonnie Thomas
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Professor Hélène Jaccomard
Professor Hélène Jaccomard is a multilingual researcher in the School of Humanities at UWA.Read more
Dr Dale Adams
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